|A group of European personalities
met in Barcelona to evaluate the initial proposals of TRANSIT which
intends to deal with the problems linked to the transition to a new
After discussion of the global and
particular proposals of the Program, the Group adopted the following
THE NECESSITY FOR A PROGRAM OF ACTION
1. There are underlying and growing fears
about what may result from changes that are underway in European
society. Many individuals are afraid of losing their jobs, fearful
of losing their freedom because of the loss of confidence in current
political institutions, and frightened of losing their identity.
Additional anxieties derive from growing feelings of disorientation
and confusion which are linked to the inability of conventional
political and economic approaches to cope with emerging realities.
Organisations, both public and private, are falling into a state of
growing paralysis which is related to their inability to master
complexity. Current political, social and economic formulae could
have reached some sort of limit which must be overcome.
2. The Group understands that there is a
change of civilization underway leading to another type of
civilization based mainly on knowledge, information and
3. It is expected that the coming
civilization will be deeply rooted in existing cultural forms but
even more on new emerging ones. The Group considered that the main
difficulty is the gap between the pace of technological change and
cultural evolution, as far as each of them evolves differently.
4. We recognize a need to develop new mental
models and new paradigms to enable people to face up to the
challenge of the transition with less pain. Individuals and
organisations need to reach deeper understanding of what the
transition is about and must be aware of the need to increase our
ability to make more informed and responsible choice. It is
necessary to reorient the development of technology to make it more
appropriate for human and environmental needs.
5. We believe that the problems to be dealt
with relate closely to economic, social and political issues. It is
necessary to concentrate on the interlinkage between these factors
and the impact of technology.
We propose that these problems are addressed
within the framework of a coordinated Programme in Europe. This
Programme must be include not only research and studies but, through
real life examples experienced in the field, exchanges and
discussions of results and from them diffusion of knowledge.
- That a network should be established among
groups working in Europe in the area related with elaboration of
thinking and experiences about the transition. Barcelona is
considered to be a very
good place to act as a focal point in this process.
- That initiatives, and in particular
TRANSIT, which the group fully support, should develop within the
We expect that these initiatives will
address politicians, managers in the private sector and European
people in general. We believe the efforts undertaken through the
initiatives will provide hope for individiduals and organisations
who are today so concerned about the future.
November 27th 1992
PARTICIPANTS IN THE MEETING
Scientific Director and Deputy Director
Fundació LA CAIXA
Director de recursos informàtics
Despatx de Sociologia
Président du CESELEC
Président du Programme Intergouvernemental de l'Informatique de
Conseiller auprés des Communautées Européenes, de l'OTAN et de
Director de l'Institut
Director General del
CENTRE DE DIVULGACIO DE L'INFORMÀTICA
Advisor "hors classe" at the Commission Of
the European Communities, in charge of development of information
technologies and telecommunications policy.
Chair Executive Council
World Futures Studies Federation
Chairman of INFACT